University of Massachusetts Amherst

Department of Sociology



Abby Templer

Abby Templer
Curriculum Vitae


Abby Templer is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology department. Her research interests include economic sociology, social change, sociology of knowledge, social inequality, and research methods. Currently, she is working on her dissertation examining the diverse economic practices that support the work of artists and artisans in Western MA, and the values that motivate their art. Abby is a member of the Community Economies Collective, The Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Association of American Geographers.


2005 B.A. Sociology Missouri State University


Dissertation title:
Rethinking the Creative Economy: Participatory Action Research With Artists and Artisans in the Greater Franklin County, MA.
Project website

Research experience

Research Assistant to Professor Janice Irvine, Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts–Amherst (Fall 2010 - Summer 2011). Designing and administering a web-based survey to access the experiences of sexualities scholars within the field of Sociology.

Research Assistant (July 2008 - August 2009). Worked with Professor Jennifer Lundquist, Professor Joya Misra, and others through the UMass Administration-MSP Joint Work-Life Committee to assess work-life balance for faculty and librarians at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst.
Work-Life Research

Data Analyst, Girl Scouts of Dogwood Trails Council Inc., Springfield, MO. (Spring - Summer 2004). Data entry and basic statistical analysis to access the effect of Girl Scout membership on a number of developmental outcomes.


Misra, Joya, Lundquist, Jennifer, and Templer, Abby. 2012 "Gender, Work-Time, and Care Responsibilities among Faculty." Sociological Forum. 2:(27)


University of Massachusetts–Amherst

Courses Taught (2011-2012)
Data Collection and Analysis
Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity
Honors Independent Study: The Logic(s) of Inquiry & Understandings of the Economy

Courses Assisted (2006-2011)
Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity
Social Problems
Data Collection and Analysis
Introduction to Sociology
Drugs and Society
Juvenile Delinquency


Department of Sociology • Thompson Hall • University of Massachusetts–Amherst, MA 01003